For one thing, it delights his liberal readers, and may inspire some of them to advocate for better policy.
“If you’re having a real, good-faith debate, impugning the other side’s motives is a bad thing,” Krugman explains at one point.
In Krugman’s summation,“the mendacity is the message.”When you stop and think about this line of argument, you begin to get a handle on why Krugman sounds so furious.
If a large chunk of the 21st-century Republican Party is guilty of disparaging the truth, the flip side is that Krugman himself has lost confidence in the efficacy of the truth, at least in forging policy consensus.
Go back to the example of climate change—a topic chosen, remember, because it fits relatively easily into Krugman’s Manichaean worldview.

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